Elizabeth Hill Boone

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Elizabeth Hill Boone
Born (1948-09-06) September 6, 1948 (age 69)
Nationality American
Alma mater The College of William & Mary (BA 1970)
UT Austin (MA 1974, PhD 1977)
Known for interpretations of Aztec iconography, codices and writing
Awards Order of the Aztec Eagle (1990)
Scientific career
Fields Mesoamerican art historian
Institutions Dumbarton Oaks
Tulane University
Influences George Kubler

Elizabeth Hill Boone (born September 6, 1948)[1] is an American art historian, ethnohistorian and academic, specialising in the study of Latin American art and in particular the early colonial and pre-Columbian art, iconography and pictoral codices associated with the Mixtec, Aztec and other Mesoamerican cultures in the central Mexican region. Her extensive published research covers investigations into the nature of Aztec writing, the symbolism and structure of Aztec art and iconography and the interpretation of Mixtec and Aztec codices.

Boone has been a professor of art history at Tulane University since 1994–95, holding the Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art. She is also a research associate at Tulane's Middle American Research Institute (MARI).[2] From 2006 Boone took a sabbatical from lecturing and research at Tulane, to accept a position to pursue independent research as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the National Gallery of Art's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), an appointment lasting through 2008.[3] Boone had previously been a Paul Mellon Senior Fellow at CASVA, in 1993–94.[2]

Academic career[edit]

Elizabeth Hill Boone commenced her undergraduate studies in fine arts at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, obtaining a B.A. in 1970. She then studied art history at California State University, Northridge in 1971–72, and completed her postgraduate degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, obtaining an MA in 1974 and a PhD in pre-Columbian art history, which was awarded in 1977.[2]

After receiving her PhD, Boone secured a research associate position at University of Texas at San Antonio's Research Center for the Arts, where she worked for three years. In 1980 Boone took up a position in pre-Columbian studies at the research institution she would be associated with for the next fifteen years, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection located in Washington, D.C.. Initially as associate curator (1980–83) and then as Director of Pre-Columbian Studies and Curator of the Pre-Columbian Collection (1983–95), Boone oversaw and held responsibility for Dumbarton Oaks' research and scholarship programs, symposia and colloquia, scheduled publications and the curatorship of the institution's libraries and collection of pre-Columbian artworks.[2] From 2006 onwards Boone has retained a position as one of the six-member Board of Senior Fellows in pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.[4]

In 1995 Boone relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana to become professor of art history at Tulane University, where she teaches courses on Mesoamerican, Aztec and colonial-era art history, general art interpretation and theory, and continues to publish research papers and books in the field.

In 1990 Boone was awarded the Orden del Águila Azteca (Order of the Aztec Eagle), Mexico's highest decoration awarded to non-citizens.

During 2010 Boone served as president of the American Society for Ethnohistory.[5]

Boone is corresponding fellow of the Academia Mexicana de la Historia.

Published works[edit]

Boone's publications include:

authored books—
contributed chapters—


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF). Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  2. ^ a b c d Curriculum Vitae (Boone 2006)
  3. ^ National Gallery of Art Press Office (2007)
  4. ^ "Senior Fellows in Pre-Columbian Studies". Dumbarton Oaks and Trustees for Harvard University. 2008. Archived from the original on July 18, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2008. 
  5. ^ http://www.ethnohistory.org/governance/


Boone, Elizabeth Hill (November 2006). "Curriculum Vitae". Newcomb Art Department, Tulane University. Archived from the original (Microsoft Word doc) on July 20, 2011. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
Miller, Mary (2001). "Stories in Red and Black: Pictorial Histories of the Aztecs and Mixtecs [review]". Hispanic American Historical Review. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 81 (1): 139–140. doi:10.1215/00182168-81-1-139. OCLC 205911461. 
"National Gallery of Art Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Announces 2007–2008 Appointments" (Press release). National Gallery of Art Press Office. November 13, 2007. Archived from the original on May 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
Quilter, Jeffrey (December 2001). "Review:". The Art Bulletin. Providence, RI: College Art Association. 83 (4): 762–765. ISSN 1559-6478. OCLC 93037864. Archived from the original (online reproduction) on January 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-08. 
Sisson, Edward B. (December 1983). "Recent Work on the Borgia Group Codices". Current Anthropology. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, sponsored by Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. 24 (5): 653–656. doi:10.1086/203067. OCLC 62217742. 

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